AFR 379
Black Women in the United States Fall 2019
Division II
Cross-listed WGSS 379 / AFR 379 / HIST 379

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As slaves and free women, activists, domestics, artists and writers, African Americans have played exciting and often unexpected roles in U.S. political, social, and cultural history. In this course we will examine black women’s lives from the earliest importation of slaves from Africa and the Caribbean through to the expansion of slavery, the Civil War, freedom, Jim Crow, the Civil Rights movements, and up to the present day. Consistent themes we will explore are the significance of gender in African American history and the changing roles and public perceptions of black women both inside and outside the black community. We will read and discuss a combination of primary and secondary sources; we will also consider music, art, and literature, as well as more standard “historical” texts.
The Class: Format: lecture; discussion
Limit: 25
Expected: 15-20
Class#: 1272
Grading: yes pass/fail option, yes fifth course option
Requirements/Evaluation: student participation, three papers, and a brief oral presentation
Prerequisites: none
Enrollment Preferences: History majors and Africana Studies concentrators
Distributions: Division II
Notes: This course is cross-listed and the prefixes carry the following divisional credit:
WGSS 379 Division II AFR 379 Division II HIST 379 Division II
Attributes: AMST Space and Place Electives
HIST Group F Electives - U.S. + Canada
WGSS Racial Sexual + Cultural Diversity Courses

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